First post, by Brawndo
I've noticed that Nvidia 6800 GT video cards seem to be among the more sought after video cards, and sell for more of a premium than others. I understand it is one of the last and most powerful AGP video cards available, but other than that, does it fill a niche that other systems and video cards can't fill? I get it maybe one of the best options for somebody with only a couple retro systems to play with, so they need the ability to span quite a few years of compatibility with 98 and XP, but for somebody (like myself) who has probably too many retro systems to play with (according to my wife, God help me if she knew), if my retro PCs only need to span 3-4 years of compatibility, is there a benefit to splurging on one? It seems to me the Radeon X1600 and X1650 would be a good competitor, which are also available in AGP and generally sell for a reasonable (to me) amount.
The 6800 GT was released in the XP era, so I personally would not care to run one in a 98 system. I have enough video cards which can play any 98 era game out there without issues. I also have a C2D system with a Geforce 560 Ti for a later XP era system, which will destroy 6800 GT performance in XP, and an AMD 1.4 GHz Tbird system with currently a Radeon 9600 XT (also have a 9600 Pro) to cover the early XP years. Would a 6800 GT fill a gap somewhere in there I'm not aware of? Anything I'm missing?